Gretsch will honor its 135-year history by opening its very own museum in Savannah, Georgia next month.
Located at the District Live Building in Downtown Savannah, The Great Gretsch Sound! museum will open its doors on November 18, and feature a collection of instruments and memorabilia, including over 100 Gretsch guitars.
Guitars on display will include the White Falcon, Chet Atkins Country Gentleman, Brian Setzer Signature G6120, and the vintage 1963 Jet Firebird, the latter of which was popularized by AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.
Visitors will also get to see a visual timeline of the evolution of Gretsch, beginning in the 1920s.
There will also be three sound dome displays featuring original videos that highlight Gretsch's history and instrument production, as well as the “worldwide community of past and present Gretsch artists from Chet Atkins and George Harrison to Phil Collins”.
The Great Gretsch Sound! museum furthers the relationship between Gretsch and Georgia Southern University, following the establishment of the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music earlier this year.
Says Dinah Gretsch, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Gretsch Company: “We hope this new museum will preserve the long history and legacy of the Gretsch Family and the Gretsch Brand. It is wonderful to share our history with the city of Savannah, the loyal Gretsch fans and all the tourists that will visit the museum.”
For more information on The Great Gretsch Sound! museum, head to the Georgia Southern University website.
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